South Lake Tahoe’s The Cork and More closing after 40 years
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — An iconic part of South Lake Tahoe’s business community closes its doors in November after nearly 40 years.
The Cork and More owners, Jim and Kim Warlow, are set to retire after years of operating a full-fledged wine shop, catering business and more. The business is currently for sale; but if it’s not purchased by the end of the month, it will close for good. All products for sale are currently 25 percent off.
“We live in Lake Tahoe to enjoy the area, but our business has been pretty busy these past 40 years,” Jim said.
The Warlows first opened shop in a building on Ski Run Boulevard in November 1976, where they stayed until moving to Al Tahoe Boulevard in 1984.
At first The Cork and More offered wine, coffee and cheese. Its inventory grew from there, including seasonal gifts, catering and gourmet deli. Kim designs wedding cakes as part of the business.
“Everything is hand-selected or done by hand,” Kim said.
From 1980 to 1992, the Warlows also operated a store in Tahoe City on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore.
A wine connoisseur, Jim said The Cork and More’s success solidified staying in South Lake Tahoe for so long.
“It mostly came down to moving to Lake Tahoe and deciding how we could stay here and make a living,” Jim said.
Before opening up shop, Jim worked at the Christiana Inn across from Heavenly Ski Resort. Himmel Haus now occupies the building once home to the inn.
According to the Warlows, they will miss their customers and staff the most.
“It’s always enjoyable to see our customers come in and experience what we have to offer,” Kim said.
Jim added that good memories operating The Cork and More are too many to count, ranging from time spent with staff to community fundraisers.
Customers said they were surprised to hear the Warlows were closing up shop, including long-time resident Kathleen Silvestri.
“I actually had my wedding cake made here in 1988,” Silvestri said while browsing the inventory recently. “There isn’t another place like it in South Lake Tahoe.”
The Warlows put the shop on the market in February and would like to see it continue servicing the community.
“It would be nice to have this store go forward in one capacity or another,” Jim said. “Every area needs a little bit of uniqueness that goes beyond the big-box mentality.”
For more information on The Cork and More, visit it online at http://www.thecorkandmore.com.
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